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England Flag

Well, coming back to England in the middle of their winter is always tricky.
Step 1. Make sure I keep warm. It may seem like fun getting around in shorts and a t-shirt, but even running around like it isn’t cold dark and wet outside doesn’t keep the flu away for long.
Step 2. Try and eat something fresh. Just because the fruit and veggies look like they’ve been on a truck all the way since spain doesn’t mean that they haven’t traveled even longer. I found a batlow apple here once ( batlow apples are from Australia ). And if I thought I’d had a long flight.
Step 3. Keep active, once all the sunlight juice is out of my bones, I have to make a huge effort to stay active. I can’t be solar powered in this country. I have to run off sugar, and caffeine and other friendly foods.
Step 4. Just keep on pluggin’

Back in Leeton

Ok, time for my annual post.

Firstly, everything is becoming more like a city.
Canberra has a centre that could be confused as a city centre at long last. I even got a little bit lost.
Wagga has cafe’s everywhere. When I lived there 10 years ago it was all pubs, now it’s coffee.
Even Leeton has cafes with real coffee, deli food and a woolworths. And with a really big pool, lots of space and fresh food, it’s a pretty good place to live.
Compared to living in say Sydney or Leeds UK, country NSW does feel a bit ‘away from it all’, but that shouldn’t take too long to get over.

And, in reference to a previous post, it did finally rain in Leeton. We’ve had 4-5 inches in the last few months. It’s looking green again

DOB Meme

Lela made me do it ….

Your date of conception was on or about 20 May 1975 which was a Tuesday.

You were born on a Tuesday
under the astrological sign Aquarius.
Your Life path number is 8.

Your fortune cookie reads:
If your desires are not extravagant they will be granted.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path number 6.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 7 & 9.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2442818.5.
The golden number for 1976 is 1.
The epact number for 1976 is -1.
The year 1976 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/31/1976 and ending 2/17/1977.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Dragon.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Otter; your plant is Fern.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Parmuthy, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence – Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 9 AdarI 5736.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 10 AdarI 5736.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 12.18.2.10.14 which is
12 baktun 18 katun 2 tun 10 uinal 14 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Tuesday, 9 Safar 1396 (1396-2-9).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 18 April 1976.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 25 April 1976.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 3 March 1976.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 6 June 1976.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 13 June 1976.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 25 September 1976.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 15 April 1976.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 2 March 1976.

As of 10/19/2007 8:28:38 AM EDT
You are 31 years old.
You are 380 months old.
You are 1,653 weeks old.
You are 11,574 days old.
You are 277,784 hours old.
You are 16,667,068 minutes old.
You are 1,000,024,118 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Lance Berkman (1976) Laura Dern (1967) Cliff Burton (1962)
George Stephanopoulos (1961) Greg Norman (1955) Mark Spitz (1950)
Roberta Flack (1939) Robert Wagner (1930) Leontyne Price (1927)
Lon Chaney, Jr. (1906) Bertolt Brecht (1898) Jimmy Durante (1893)
Boris Pasternak (1890)

Top songs of 1976

Tonight’s the Night by Rod Stewart Silly Love Songs by Wings
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee Disco Lady by Johnnie Taylor
Play The Funky Music by Wild Cherry December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) by Four Seasons
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon Kiss and Say Goodbye by Manhattans
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago Love Hangover by Diana Ross

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 4.52994129158513 years old. (You’re still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Saturday.
Your lucky number is 4 & 8.
Your ruling planet(s) is Saturn & Uranus.
Your lucky dates are 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th.
Your opposition sign is Leo.
Your opposition number(s) is 1.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 114 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 32 candles.

Those 32 candles produce 32 BTUs,
or 8,064 calories of heat (that’s only 8.0640 food Calories!) .
You can boil 3.66 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1976 there were approximately 3.1 million births in the US.
In 1976 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1976 in the US there were approximately 2,152,662 marriages (10.1%) and 1,036,000 divorces (4.9%)
In 1976 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1976 the population of Australia was approximately 14,110,107.
In 1976 there were approximately 227,810 births in Australia.
In 1976 in Australia there were approximately 109,973 marriages and 63,230 divorces.
In 1976 in Australia there were approximately 112,662 deaths.

Your birthstone is Amethyst

The Mystical properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is used to increase spiritually

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Bloodstone, Onyx, Moonstone


Your birth tree is

Cedar, the Confidence Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy, optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.


There are 67 days till Christmas 2007!
There are 80 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon’s phase on the day you were
born was waxing gibbous.


Click on the picture
for more information.

Truth – Internet Style

I’ve read quite a few books on philosophy, some on various religions and pondered it quite alot myself.

But, after surfing the web quite a bit, reading alot of forums and hanging out on Digg, I think Truth can be defined thusly:

Truth = (Any three lines of text * the number of posts in agreement ) / the number of disagreeing posts * how popular the site is / how easy the page is to read and navigate * agreeing Truth factors from other sites.

God never had it so easy.

Connected to the UK

I finally bought a TV and a TV license in England. It’s late at night and there’s a B grade horror on now. I feel connected to the rest of the country.

Idiot Box – What have you been watching?

Borrowed from Lela

Bold all of the following TV shows which you’ve ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime.
Italicise a show if you’re positive you’ve seen every episode of it.
Underline the ones you own copies of.
If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

24
7th Heaven
8 Simple Rules
Adam-12
Aeon Flux
ALF
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias
Ally McBeal
American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol/etc.
America’s Next Top Model/Germany’s Next Top Model
Angel
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Arrested Development
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade

Batman: The Animated Series
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch
Beavis & Butthead
Beverly Hills 90210
Blake’s 7
Bonanza
Bones
Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal
Boston Public
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Caitlin’s Way
Chappelle’s Show
Charlie’s Angels
Carnivale
Charmed
Cheers
Clarissa Explains It All
Columbo
Commander in Chief
Coupling [UK]
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dancing with the Stars
Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci’s Inquest
Dawson’s Creek
Dead Like Me
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes
Doctor Who
Dragnet
Due South
Earth 2
Emergency!
Entourage
ER
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Facts of Life
Family Guy
Family Ties
Farscape
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Felicity
Firefly
Flash Forward
Frasier
Freaks and Geeks
Friday Night Lights
Friends
Futurama
Get Smart
Gilligan’s Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Wing
Grey’s Anatomy
Growing Pains
Gunsmoke
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Heroes
Hill Street Blues
Hogan’s Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
House
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Instant Star
Inuyasha
Invader Zim
Invasion
Hell’s Kitchen
JAG
Jackass
Joey
John Doe
Just Shoot Me
Keen Eddie
LA Law
Law & Order
Law & Order – Criminal Intent
Law & Order – SVU
Laverne and Shirley
Life With Derek
Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
M*A*S*H
MacGyver
Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Monk
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown
My Life as a Dog
My So-Called Life
My Super Sweet 16
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
NCIS
Nip/Tuck
North Shore
Numb3rs
One Tree Hill
Oz
Perry Mason
Phil of the Future
Pokemon
Power Rangers
Prison Break
Profiler
Project Runway
Psych
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (UK)
Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) (Original Series)
Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) (New Series)
Red Dwarf
ReGenesis
Remington Steele
Rescue Me
Road Rules
ROME
Roseanne
Roswell
Salute Your Shorts
Saved by the Bell
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Scrubs
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under

Skins
Sliders
Slings & Arrows
Smallville
So Weird
South Park
Space 1999
Spaced
Spongebob Squarepants
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Superman
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi
Teen Titans
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The Apprentice
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Famous Jet Jackson
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls
The Honeymooners
The Invisible Man (1975 – David Mccallum )
The Invisible man (2000 – Vincent Ventresca)
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons
The L Word
The Love Boat
The Lucille Ball Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mighty Boosh
The Monkees
The Munsters
The Mythbusters
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Pretender
The Real World
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wire
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
Three’s Company
Top Gear
Torchwood
Traders
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Two and A Half Men
Ugly Betty
Veronica Mars
Vicar of Dibley
Whose Line is it Anyway? [US]
Whose Line is it Anyway? [UK]
Will and Grace
Wings
Without a Trace
WKRP in Cincinnati
Xena: Warrior Princess
Yes Minister
Yes Prime Minister

New Look

Every now and then it’s fun to change to look of this site. So ‘ere tis.

Mr Tickles, the climbing brown snake

Driving back from the farm with my brother, in Forbes, country New South Wales the other day, my brother exclaimed “What was that?”. He put the car in to reverse, driving back through the dust from the gravel road. Then he pointed to what was on the barb wire fence. I needed a second look, but there, just about 5 paces away, was a 6 foot long brown snake. So I got out of the car, grabbed my new camera, and took all the photos I could. I didn’t want to get too close, those things are deadly.
Mr Tickles the fence climbing brown snake

It finally rained in Leeton

Christmas Day, 2006. Leeton, NSW.

The previously dry and dusty country town sees the biggest rains in living memory.

Rain in Leeton

But is it too little, too late?

Christmas Spirit

Well, it’s 23rd December. And this year I’m feeling the christmas spirit.

Why? Because I’m celebrating the birth of baby jesus?

Because I have the spirit of giving?

No, and No.

I bought myself a new camera a few weeks ago. And instead of opening it straight away, it’s under the tree now. I can only open it on christmas day. And I reaaaaaally want to open it.

So, it may be selfish, but this year I’m looking forward to christmas. And again, thank god the shopping’s over!